Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dork and Wimpy Kid Woes

Hey there gang!  I am wondering if I can get some feedback from some many y'all (hey, I live in the south and 'when in Rome', right?).  When you're in the workshop model, do you dictate the type of books that your children read?  I typically have them reading from a chapter book on their level but have run into a lot of Diary (Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries) readers.  Do you feel like you're getting well thought out, higher-order-thinking-type responses from your children that actually apply the skill taught in the mini-lesson?  I feel like I'm at a crossroads and am really not wanting them to read those while applying the skill, but then at the same time it means I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth because it is, by definition, a chapter book and they're leveled at or near the child's level (EXCEPT it does NOT follow the five-finger rule).

What are your thoughts?  Do you allow your children to read the comic book style chapter books for mini-lesson application?
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The Colorful Apple said...

I teach second, so i don't know if this will apply to you, but I'll share anyways! I have more control over what my students read during Reader's Workshop. I only let them choose from certain buckets. This still allows them a choice, but I direct them to books that are appropriate for them to apply the strategies.

However, I also allow the students to have a free choice book in their desks. This can be ANY book in the classroom library and they read it if they finish early, etc. This allows them to choose books that don't have as much "meat" to them.

Phew, that was a lot! Hope I helped (a little)!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Krystal Van Kampen said...

:) Thank you for the input!

Krystal Van Kampen said...

Thank you! :)

Dallas said...

I have lots of kids that read those, and I allow it. I do a daily "status of the class" with each reader (see teacher/author Franki Sibberson if you aren't familiar), and when they finish the Dork/Wimpy book or get close to finishing, I start to ask them what they are going to read next and guide them towards something of higher caliber. I think those books have worth, though. Even I, as an avid adult reader, like to read fluff books every now and then! I want them to know that it's okay, and I use my expertise to kind of guide them in more appropriate directions after a fun fluff book. Hope this helps!

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